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  1. Samdbugman

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    i could not figure out what forum this should go in, so feel free to move to whatever forum it should be in.
    a friend just called, and said he has 2 daughters and 2 dell laptops. his daughters have lost the password to both laptops. is there a way to reset the password without a full reformat? he said his daughters have a lot of music, pictures, ect. and wants to avoid reinstalling windows.
    i know that a long time ago there was a jumper on the motherboard that would reset the password on a regular pc. is there such a jumper on a laptop? or is there any free software that would let him reset the passwords? he can not afford a dell tech to fix, and i told him i would see if there was a way to reset it without a format. thanks!
    he called me from out of state and due to a bad connection i couldnt find out what model laptops they are. thanks again! sam
     
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    BIOS password? or Windows login?
     
  3. Samdbugman

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    sorry, its the windows log in password.
     
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    What OS?
     
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    he just told me windows, then he was out of cell range. sorry i dont have more information. i think they are vista but im not sure
     
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    You can use this if you have no need for all the other utilities include on the Hiren's CD (It's the same program).
     
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    BTW, there's no jumper for a password reset in Windows.
     
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    thanks all, i have it downloaded and will try it monday for him. thanks again!
     
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    +1 for Hiren's, I've used it for the very same reason that you need it for.
     
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    There's also this one. Works for revealing simple Windows user passwords.
     

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